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snorkel

noun snor·kel \ ˈsnȯr-kəl \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of snorkel

1 : a tube housing air intake and exhaust pipes for a submarine's diesel engine that can be extended above the water's surface so that the engines can be operated while the submarine is submerged
2 : any of various devices (as for an underwater swimmer) resembling a snorkel in function

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Origin and Etymology of snorkel

German Schnorchel


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snorkel

verb

Definition of snorkel

snorkeled; snorkeling play \ˈsnȯr-k(ə-)liŋ\
: to operate or swim submerged using a snorkel

snorkeler

play \ˈsnȯr-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of snorkel in a Sentence

  1. We snorkeled in the Caribbean on our vacation last year.

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First Known Use of snorkel

1949

in the meaning defined above

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SNORKEL Defined for English Language Learners

snorkel

Definition of snorkel for English Language Learners

  • : a special tube that makes it possible to breathe while you are swimming with your head underwater


snorkel

Definition of snorkel for English Language Learners

  • : to swim underwater while using a snorkel


SNORKEL Defined for Kids

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snorkel

noun snor·kel \ ˈsnȯr-kəl \

Definition of snorkel for Students

: a tube used by swimmers for breathing with the head underwater

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snorkel

verb

Definition of snorkel for Students

snorkeled; snorkeling
: to swim underwater using a tube for breathing


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